Modern Fiction’s Most Memorable Fables

Shelf Renewalburied-giantReviewers are hailing Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, The Buried Giantas profound and magical. Since Aesop’s day (and probably before) we’ve been using fantastic stories to soft sell what is the most important to us. That tradition lives on in some of contemporary fiction’s most memorable fables.


The Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho

The Cave, by Jose Saramago

The Crane Wife, by Patrick Ness

The Enchantress of Florence, by Salman Rushdie

The AlchemistThe Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai

The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Snow, by Orhan Pamuk

Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht



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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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